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These Butternut Squash Bacon Bites are gluten-free and would make a healthy appetizer or side for your holiday Feastivities!
When my daughter was younger, she would talk like me, dress like me, eat like me, even watch and like the same cartoons I did. But, then, as children have this annoying habit of doing…she started growing up… and changing! Now, she says dance instead of dahnce, adopts yoga pants instead of jeans, prefers pasta over chocolate, and would rather binge watch Extreme Vacation Homes instead of Pinky and the Brain! The Nerve!
I kid… I kid…
Seriously though, when it comes to the FEAST-ivities of the Holiday season, we are a family divided. Which, could actually work out well if you think about it. Can you imagine having that whole pumpkin pie to yourself? Heck – imagination becomes reality if no-one else likes pumpkin pie – right? My daughter loves pecan pie, but no-one else does, so she gets to enjoy her pie for days without ever having to worry about someone else eating that last slice! Like she pointed out the other night, “mom, just cos we have different likes doesn’t mean we cannot get-together and be twice as joyful.” And just as I was thinking “out of the mouths of babes” … she had to add in “…and twice the treats this Thanksgiving and Christmas cos I don’t like to share!”
Speaking of Thanksgiving and Christmas – when the Holiday season comes along, I try my best to have eats, treats and drinks to cater to everyone’s preferences. There is joy-in-not-sharing pecan pie for my daughter, apple pie for my sister and a sugar free carrot cake for my mom at the dessert table. And, at the drink table, there are bottles of Coca-Cola for my sister and daughter, Diet Coca-Cola for my mom and Coke Zero for me. Recently, when I was at a Family Dollar Store, I came across the new Coca-Cola Limited Edition Holiday Packaging. Have you stumbled by it yet? In true Coca-Cola fashion, the new packaging is an inspiration to Share More Joy this holiday season.
And, speaking of sharing, these Butternut Squash Bacon Bites are one appetizer we could all agree on. They are totally flour-less and refined sugar free. And super easy to make. Onions, garlic, smoked paprika and bacon mingle together with the roasted butternut squash, infusing these bites with tons of flavor! And – they pair oh so well with a refreshing, cold glass of Coca-Cola.
Butternut Squash Bacon Bites
- 1 cup roasted butternut squash I roasted mine at 375 for 40 minutes and using a fork, scraped out the insides
- 1/2 red onion finely chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2-3 cloves garlic according to your preferences
- 2 pieces cooked bacon
- 1 teaspoon parsely chopped up
- 3 tablespoons almond meal
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
Add butternut squash, red onion, garlic, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, parsely and bacon to a bowl and, using a spoon, mix ingredients till well mingled
Add in the almond meal and mix well
Then, using your hands, roll into bites sized balls/bites
Place on a parchment lined and sprayed baking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes.
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